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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 208 Seiten
  • Verlag: Nan A. Talese (9. Juli 2013)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0385537468
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385537469
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 2,3 x 21,8 cm
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"This delicious, dazzling novel about the rise and fall of a great American debutante kept me up all night. Begley knows everything about the secret lives of the American aristocracy, and he tells all." —Susan Cheever

"Absorbing ... [Begley] tells this tale with all the archness — and yearning — of a voyeur looking in ... His evocations of glistening mahogany in New York’s club rooms, of summering in the Hamptons, of oysters and whiting at the Paris Savoy have the clear ring of truth. He has observed the relevant mannerisms, and he garnishes his scenes with all the glee of a name-dropping arriviste ... Begley proves he is a master dissector of the American character. Among contemporary novelists, he may be the wryest, most devastating critic of class in American society ... Begley delivers a literary stiletto to what Tiffany or Crate & Barrel might blithely call 'the Gatsby set' ... Read it and weep." —Marie Arana, The Washington Post

"[E]ngrossing ... Begley gives us a chance to see into two different, often obscured worlds. One is the most private recesses of another couple’s marriage. The other is high-WASP society — though most people don’t usually even know where that particular unmarked door is, let alone get a chance to have it quietly shut in their faces ... The pleasures of this novel reside not so much in where the 'truth' lies as in its context. The world of the highly entitled at play and at work — seen traveling the globe over the decades, installing themselves in European hotels and joining exclusive men’s clubs and marrying into families made up of 'very much our kind of people' — remains irresistible." Meg Wolitzer, The New York Times Book Review

"[A] consummately constructed monument to human imperfection." —San Francisco Chronicle

"In this compact, voyeuristic novel, Begley creates his latest larger-than-life character in the beguiling but sharp-tongued socialite Lucy De Bourgh ... Begley’s effortless storytelling will have readers...fascinated by Lucy and Phillips’s complex, tangled relationship." Publishers Weekly, starred review

"A fiendishly clever, Fitzgeraldesque tale about marriage, friendship, gossip, and self-justification ... Begley, marvelously droll and possessed of a rapier wit, revels in his mercurial characters, intricate psychological puzzles, unreliable memories, counterintuitive class divisions, and all the mysteries and miseries of lust and love."Booklist

"Sharply observed and subtly nuanced ... It could pass as a novel from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s later decades, if Fitzgerald had lived so long."Kirkus Reviews

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LOUIS BEGLEY's previous novels are Schmidt Steps Back, Matters of Honor, Shipwreck, Schmidt Delivered, Mistler's Exit, About Schmidt, As Max Saw It, The Man Who Was Late, and Wartime Lies, which won the Hemingway/PEN award and was a finalist for the National Book Award. His work has been translated into eighteen languages.

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2 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Kathrin Volkmann am 16. April 2014
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Feinsinnig, wunderbar genau, wortgewaltig .Eine literarische Delikatesse, wie immer bei Begley: bitter und süß im Inhalt , aber ohne Fehl und Tadel in der sprachlichen Bearbeitung.
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In an interview, Mr. Begley said that one of the most important activities in life is sex and that's why he likes to write about it - and he sure does - boring!
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Interesting diversion 23. Juli 2013
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I have not read anything else by this author, and was surprised to see he wrote "About Schmidt." I saw (and loved) the movie adaptation of that, which so truly captured Midwesterners of a certain age and type. Louis Begley seems to have just as intimate a knowledge of preppies in "Memories of a Marriage." As one who loves stories of preppies and social climbers, I think this book is somewhat of a special taste. It tells the story of a man who reconnects with an old friend, a woman who he met right out of college and hasn't seen for 40 years. From a beautiful woman with the world at her feet, she has become a bitter divorcee. The story focuses on the narrator trying to uncover the truth about her marriage to a man she describes as "a monster" but he knew as a very nice guy.

This novel has enough intrigue to keep the reader driving forward to learn the truth of the people involved. But it also moves at a meditative pace as the author, now in his 70s, thinks back to his past life and loves. I thought this novel did a good job of creating the slow pace that the lives of the elderly take on, when making plans to meet someone for lunch occupies the whole of a day.

I won't reveal spoilers in the novel, but one issue that might make it hard to read is the main female character's extreme unlikeableness. However, we've all met people like this, and it creates curiosity as to how she became this hardened person.

If you enjoy reading about preppies, leisurely lunches in one's summer home or drinks at the club, and everything always done for one, then you may enjoy this book which, under a lightweight appearance, packs some thought-provoking meditations on how we end up where we do.
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Begley's Novel for Literary Fiction Lovers 8. Juni 2013
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Lucy De Bourgh and Thomas Snow's marriage appeared happy enough to Philip, the narrator of Memories of a Marriage. Philip is now a widower himself, having lost his beloved wife to cancer. He runs into Lucy one day, decades after the two had been friends and lost touch with each other. In that time period Lucy and Thomas divorced, and Thomas died. As Philip begins talking with Lucy, he hears her side of what happened in the marriage, almost all of which is negative toward Thomas. Unable to believe that he was that far off base in his own observations, Philip begins to ask questions of Lucy - who is able to recall intimate details of her marriage to Thomas- and also asks questions of others who knew Thomas and Lucy as a couple.

Begley's novel reaffirms the fact that only the people in a marriage can really know what their relationship is like, and that everyone has their own perception of reality. Memories of a Marriage is a very character driven novel, not full of action, but rather of developed and complex characters. I wouldn't call Memories of a Marriage a beach read; Begley's work is for those who enjoy reading more literary novels, but it was enjoyable and thought provoking.
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A story about a dysfunctional marriage is not a particularly interesting subject but this little novel of 188 pages is so well written that it will make you gasp & not want to put it down.

Philip, the narrator, a man of advanced years, having just lost his wife with whom it appears he had a happy marriage, accidentally runs into an old friend, Lucy, & becomes obsessed with Lucy's histrionic story of her disturbing marriage to Thomas a man, now dead, whom Philip especially liked.

Begley has painted some intriguing, if not likable characters. The `heroine' Lucy is especially distasteful until you recognize that Lucy is really a damaged person with a damaged psyche. Moral: Money does not a perfect/happy person make!

Lucy: "I particularly didn't want to lose face with the hotel people - they were the ones who counted just then..." (Pg.57) - anyone who is concerned with losing face with hotel staff while in the midst of an emotional crisis is sadly lacking in something or other.

The marriage itself is not so unique - rich girl marries poor boy from the wrong side of the tracks, etc. etc. But it is not the story of the marriage that makes this book so readable, it is the eloquent flowing prose that draws you in & makes you want to read on.

Philip, who earlier on in these pages ponders his fate "No, it wasn't a question of money; it was the utter futility of my existence...." (Pg.75) manages to establish himself as a man of dignity by extricating himself with quiet grace from the situation he is being offered by Lucy. A beautiful & careful ending.
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A perplexing character (3.25*s) 19. September 2013
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How interesting can the unburdening of an embittered, upper-class older woman be decades after her first marriage failed? Well, it depends. Lucy de Bourgh is descended from New England's original settlers, attended only the most prestigious of schools, and based on her status and schooling dabbled in the world of fashion magazines in both Paris and New York after graduation. Financially secure, attractive, and uninhibited, she moved easily among the up and coming set.

Yet, her tendency to push the social envelope did not necessarily endear her to her fellow blue-bloods. After a year or two in Europe, traveling widely, and attending all the right parties, it was expected that a female in her station would marry the right sort who would guarantee a place in high society. But Lucy had to settle for Thomas Snow, who, despite his academic success and financial acumen, was fundamentally the son of a car repair garage owner - practically the kiss of death in her social circles.

It is nearly four decades later, when Philip, the narrator and successful writer, now in decline, but a part of the Lucy's world years before, is recognized by Lucy at a performance of the NY Ballet Company. Recalling her appeal from those carefree days, Philip meets with Lucy many times over the next several weeks, where he is completely taken aback by her bitterness at how her life has turned out, especially in regards to Thomas.

To the question - Lucy is not really likeable; her sense of entitlement like many of her standing is off-putting. But it is perplexing that a girl with her aggressiveness, at times sexual, and ability to navigate her social world could not translate those characteristics into better control of her destiny. In the end, despite the lengthy conversations with Lucy and others, even the author/Philip does not have a good handle on her failures.
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dissatisfying and misogynistic 26. September 2013
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Lucy, the central character, is portrayed by the narrator with such cold venom, disguised as evenhandedness, that I wonder what the author was aiming for. Begley does a good job of portraying a certain kind of rich person and their milieu. Although the narrator praises various people, none of them come across as having any substance, including the narrator. The "good" women are empty. Begley generally writes with ice in his veins (the notable, beautiful exception being Wartime Lies, a wonderful, wonderful book), and it's often bracing, but not this time. He's a very skillful writer. It's a pity he wasted his talents on something so slim.
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